Cross Generational Analysis of Smartphone Addiction Prevalence between Gen X and Y in Malaysia

Mohd Kamal Othman, Mohd Yasin Mohd Amin


This study extends previous research and compares the two generations, X and Y, on smartphone addictive behaviour. Two hundred thirty-six participants were recruited using the Facebook advertisement, consisting of 122 males and 114 females aged 16 to 55 years old. Smartphone addiction scale-malay (SAS-M) was used to assess smartphone addiction. Data were analysed using IBM SPSS. The result shows that gen Y is more addicted to a smartphone than gen X, but there is no significant difference between female and male users for both generations in smartphone usage. There is a significant difference in the cyberspace-oriented relationship in gen X and gen Y. There was a mean difference in the daily life disturbance in gen X, and gen Y. Gen Y had lost their control on the use of smartphones compared to gen X. Positive anticipation and withdraw also observed between the two generations. In conclusion, there is a significant difference between gen X and gen Y in smartphone addictive behaviour, implying that gen Y is more compulsive users.


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